We Believe In Jesus

Find Out What That Means!

What We Believe

We are a people who believe in the authority and truth of the Bible; in the loving and just care of a personal God; in the saving grace and lordship of Jesus Christ; in the contemporary work of the Holy Spirit; in the importance of new life in Christ for all men and women, boys and girls; in Christian freedom; in the unity of all believers in Christ; in the privilege of ministering to others’ needs; in the joy of bringing this good news to others.

Going Deeper in Christ

Worship

Our whole-hearted response to who God is and what He does.

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. -Romans 12:1

Disciple

A life-changing journey in Christ with others.

…speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. -Ephesians 4:15-16

Going Further In Mission 

Evangelize

Inviting others to a relationship with Jesus.

Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well. -1 Thessalonians 2:8

Serve

Compelled by God’s love we meet others’ needs.

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. -1 Peter 4:10

About Our Denomination

We are a part of the Evangelical Covenant Church. The ECC seeks to form and nurture communities that are deeply committed to Jesus Christ and passionately engaged in Christ’s mission in the world. The purpose of Covenant affirmations is to make clear the values and principles that have guided the Evangelical Covenant Church since its founding in 1885. Learn more by visiting the Evangelical Covenant Church’s website for more about our beliefs and who we are by clicking here.

Covenant Affirmations

1. The Centrality of the Word of God.
The Holy Scripture, the Old and New Testament, is the Word of God and the only perfect rule for faith, doctrine, and conduct. (2 Timothy 3:16, Hebrews 4:12) The word of God is not simply information, law, or rules. It has power to effect change in the life of the hearer through the Holy Spirit as the Bible is powerful to convict us of sin, lead us to God, and guide our lives. (Isaiah 55:11).
2. The Necessity of the New Birth In Christ.
We believe that a spiritual new birth in Christ is necessary for a right relationship with God (John 3:3,16-18; 2 Corinthians 5:17). We are sinners who God loves, but who are separated from him by our sin (Romans 3:23, 6:23), until we trust in him for salvation by his grace through faith. (Romans 10:9-11; Ephesians 2:8-9).
3. A Commitment To the Whole Mission Of the Church.
The earliest name attributed to people in the Covenant church was “Mission Friends”. We understand the work of mission to be evangelism and Christian formation (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8), as well as benevolent ministries of compassion, justice and mercy in the face of suffering and oppression (Matthew 22:36-40, 25:31-40).
4. The Church As A Fellowship Of Believers.
The Church is not a building, a corporation, or a social club. It is a community of people made up of sinners who have been forgiven and who are seeking to walk with God in our daily lives. The Bible speaks of the church as the "household of God" (Ephesians 2:19), a "fellowship of the Spirit" (Philippians 2:1), and "the Body of Christ" (Romans 12:4-8; 1 Corinthians 12:12-31). We are a community composed of many members, each different in race, class, and gender, but all mutually interdependent (Galatians 3:26-27; 1 Corinthians 12:12-30; Hebrews 10:19-25).
5. A Conscious Dependence On the Holy Spirit.
The Covenant Church, rooted in historic Christianity, affirms one God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God exists as one essence in three persons (the Trinity). We cannot know God or become a follower of Jesus apart from the Holy Spirit (John 14-16). God's Spirit convicts us of sin (John 16:8-11), guides us in truth (John 16:13), leads us to new life (John 3:5-8), gives us assurance of God's salvation (Romans 8:16), equips us for service (1 Corinthians 12:7), brings unity to Christians (Ephesians 4:3), is the director of mission (Acts 13:1-4), and transforms our life (Galatians 5:16-26).
6. The Reality Of Freedom In Christ.
Freedom in Christ operates within the context of the authority of Scripture (John 8:31-32). Within this parameter, the principle of freedom applies to doctrinal and personal issues that might tend to divide Christians depending on one’s human interpretation of the Bible. Covenanters have offered to one another theological and personal freedom where the biblical and historical record seems to allow for a variety of interpretations of the will and purposes of God (See Romans 14, Galatians 5:1-15 for some examples). Examples today would be disagreement between Christians over such matters as baptism, women in ministry, the second coming of Christ, and various matters of life and practice. The Biblical framework for freedom in Christ does not mean though that we have a license to sin. – Our freedom is experienced in the context of biblical authority and accountability. Nor does it mean we should have an apathetic or “wishy-washy” approach to theological truth. – Our freedom is experienced in the context of our firm faith.
Meet Our Pastors
Doug McHenry
Senior Pastor
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dougm@fccsalina.com
Wes Gibson
Executive Pastor
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Jim Eaton
Pastor of Youth Ministries
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jime@fccsalina.com
Meet Our Staff
Children's Ministry
Marsha Pavkov
Children's Ministry Director
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marshap@fccsalina.com
Lisa Beery
Children's Ministry Assistant
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lisab@fccsalina.com
Megan Yager
Nursery Director
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megany@fccsalina.com
Youth Ministry
Jim Eaton
Pastor of Youth Ministries
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jime@fccsalina.com
Melissa Kyle
Middle School Director
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melissak@fccsalina.com
Worship Ministry
Paul Austin
Worship Director
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paulaustin@fccsalina.com
Roman Burrows
Technical Director
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romanb@fccsalina.com
Jennifer Chlumsky
Choir Director
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jenniferc@fccsalina.com
Support Staff
Julie Pipp
Office Manager
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juliep@fccsalina.com
Jeff Besher
Properties Director
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jeffb@fccsalina.com
Kyler Besher
Communications Coordinator
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kylerb@fccsalina.com
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